Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister and President of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) Zoramthanga on Friday reiterated that the MNF party’s support to the BJP-led NDA is only on issue-based.
Addressing party workers at MNF party office ‘Hnam Run’ in Aizawl, Zoramthanga said that the lone MNF MP from Mizoram C. Lalrosanga in the Lok Sabha supported the opposition’s no-confidence motion as the party is dissatisfied with the centre’s handling of the Manipur issue.
“We supported the NDA because we cannot be a part of Congress-led UPA, but our support to the NDA is only issue-based and will oppose the alliance if and when it goes against the interests of the Mizo people as a whole,” he said.
He said that the MNF opposed the legislation of the Citizens Amendment Bill, but later supported the bill after Mizoram was exempted from the purview of the act.
The MNF MPs will oppose the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) if it is introduced in the Parliament for legislation, he said, adding that he had also written to the Prime Minister saying that he opposed the proposed enactment and implementation of the UCC.
“As we are a part of the NDA, we can bark at them from inside and just because we are an ally of the BJP through the NDA does not mean that we will function merely at the whims of Narendra Modi,” Zoramthanga said.
He said that the MNF government defied the NDA government’s order to deport refugees from Myanmar and allowed them to take shelter in the state. “While we ask for fund to the tune of Rs 10 crore from the centre as humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar refugees, who are our kindred brothers, the central government gave only Rs 3 crore, he said.
He said that he told the central government that the Mizoram government provides shelter and humanitarian assistance to the refugees from Myanmar as the central government did to millions of refugees from the erstwhile East Pakistan during 1970-71.
“There is no other political parties like the MNF who dare to go against Modi,” he added.